YouTube enables picture-in-picture mode for all iPhone and iPad users
The long-awaited function that allows us to see the video in thumbnail while browsing the iPhone or iPad is already activated for everyone, as announced by YouTube
Today, YouTube is still the most used video platform in the world, and everything is also due to its easy accessibility and operation on all platforms, from Android to iOS, through televisions, tablets or web format.
After the presentation of iOS 14, Apple officially introduced its picture-in-picture mode, colloquially known as Picture in Picture (PiP), and which allows us to continue enjoying a video that we are watching while we browse our phone or use other applications.
In this field, and after having Android support for years, YouTube was lagging behind, where only some users of YouTube Premium, the company’s payment plan, could use this mode. Well, that has now changed, and it is now available to everyone.with some nuances.
it’s happening! ✨ picture-in-picture is slowly rolling out for YouTube on iPhone & iPad, & just like on Android, will be avail to: Premium members globally & non-Premium members in US (non-music only)it’s been a long time coming 😌 all the details ➡️ https://t.co/mNbPWWE21n pic.twitter.com/ZeBY48KOhH
—TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) July 11, 2022
It should be noted that this function YouTube already had it a while ago on iOS and iPadOS, but for unknown reasons they decided to deactivate italso without making any announcement or clarification about it.
And it is that as the platform itself has announcedthis function returns permanently, and there will be no more unexpected changes about it, although there will be some differences depending on where you live.
If you are a citizen of the United States, this feature will now be completely free, and you will not need YouTube Premium to enjoy it, while for users from the rest of the world it will be mandatory, and it is something that we do not understand.
It is to be hoped that in the future this will also be part of the free plan, in addition to the fact of blocking an iOS or iPadOS system functionality through a subscription payment it is something that goes totally against Apple regulationsand that could make YouTube disappear from the store.
The use of native functions such as window-in-window mode can be implemented or not by applications, that is up to each company, but if you use it it should be totally freeOtherwise, it would break the regulations.
That is why it is expected that in the coming weeks Google, and specifically the YouTube team, will expand this function and stop being exclusive to YouTube Premium worldwide.